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A bit late for our usual fare but we couldn’t resist when we had the opportunity to acquire a small lot of these original caps for the old cast iron or <I>white-metal</I> cap guns us old-timers remember from our boyhood.  (These are modern times however so we must offer the appropriate caution that these caps are offered for display purposes only.)   Offered here as a <U>lot of 10</U> blue paper rolls, these neat old caps will lay in well with a single example or collection of those wonderful old toy <I>repeater</I> cap guns. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Illustrated here with a US quarter for size comparison is this brass in-line or <I>straight</I> percussion capper.  A handy item for loading any of the period percussion hand guns, these little gadgets were especially useful in charging percussion revolvers. All in pleasing condition with nice natural age patina to the brass and original blue on the spring steel clip.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 Though they could be properly utilized by militia through the Mexican War era, these are the larger strap buttons utilized with the regulation <I>bell crown</I> cap of 1821 through 1832.  Acquired many years ago in a collection of early American military insignia, this <U>pair</U> remain in fine <I>as new</I> condition as a reflection of what was available from the large 1940s and 50s military surplus dealers. Nicely die struck from brass and lightly gold gilded with soldered on wire fasteners this fine example of the type should not be confused with the smaller counterparts of the 1870s and 80s or lesser quality modern reproductions. <U>Priced for the pair.</U>  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I> All direct sales are backed by </I> <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased !</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item is being returned per these previsions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I> Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

 This attractive 48 star GAR stick flag, is printed in the traditional old style on coarse cotton gauze measuring 18 X 10 1/2 inches with the original 30 inch stick. Recovered from a defunct G. A. R. Civil War veteran hall some years ago, we have had a small number of these flags in storage since.  They remain in excellent unused condition yet offer the charm of the early printed construction on coarse gauze expected of these flags from the 1860s through to the earliest c.1912, 48 star flags.  (After about 1913 these stick memorial and parade flags can be expected to be printed on cotton of a much tighter weave.)  Anyway as part of our <I>clean out / pick up</I> effort we are offering the few that we have individually priced while they last.   A nice all original decoration piece without spending a ton of money.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. 

Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

antique toy Cap Gun – CAPS (10 rolls) $35.00

 

in-line Percussion Revolver CAPPER $35.00

 

c. 1821 – 1832 BELL CROWN HAT CHIN STRA $75.00

 

c. 1912 G. A. R. STICK FLAG $45.00




Authentic, original woodcut engraving that was published on the front page of the October 18, 1862 issue of Harper's Weekly. Caption: Major General Franz Sigel, Commanding Twelfth Corps, Army of the Potomac. From a Drawing by Mr. Emil Sigel. 11 x 16. Harper's Weekly, date and their ornate illustrated masthead at the top. Thin mailing label at lower left edge not affecting the subject.  


By Thomas Truxtun Moebs. Confederate Naval Imprints Described and Annotated, Chronology of Naval Operations and Administration, Marine Corps and Naval Officer Biographies, Description and Service of Vessels, Subject Bibliography. Specifically Compiled for Collectors, Historians and Librarians. Published by Moebs Publishing Company, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1991. First Printing, 1 of 500 Copies. Hardcover, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, dust jacket, 578 pages, illustrated. Excellent condition. Great reference source for the Confederate States Navy. A must for all Confederate naval collectors. Rare.  


Sixth plate tintype of a gentleman sporting a thick mustache. He is nicely dressed in a jacket, vest, white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. Minor bend in the tintype. Very fine image.   


Full color bust view illustration of President Lincoln on the obverse. This is what is known as the $5 bill pose. Measures 1 1/4 inches in diameter. With the original pin on the reverse. Circa 1909.

General Franz Sigel $15.00

 

Confederate States Navy Research Guide $95.00

 

Tintype, Gentleman Sporting Thick Mustac $45.00

 

President Abraham Lincoln Celluloid Butt $25.00

H 32in. x D 16IN


PRICE PER EACH  H 20in. x W 40in. x D 1in.  H 16in. x D 22in.  H 37in. x W 12in. x 13in.


PORCELAIN OVER IRON

PAIR

DOCK LIGHTS MARINE PAIR $1200.00

 

IRON DOMED WINDOW FRAMES $950.00

 

ENTRANCE POST LIGHT $2400.00

 

SODA FOUNTAIN STOOLS $600.00




Wet plate, albumen carte de visite photograph, mounted to 2 3/8 x 4 card. Half view of Yankee soldier sporting a thin mustache and wearing his shell jacket open to show his checkered shirt. Backmark: Gorgas & Mulvey, Photographers, Madison, Ind. There is a period ink identification written on the back, D. Doile. Light age toning and wear. Very fine.  


<b>United States Congressman from Wisconsin


Appointed U.S. Consul General to the British Province of Canada by President Lincoln in 1863</b>


(1817-99) Nicknamed "Bowie Knife Potter," he was born in Augusta, Maine, attended Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H., studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1837 and commenced practice in East Troy, Wisconsin. He served as Judge of Walworth County, Wisconsin, 1842-46, and was a member of the Wisconsin State Assembly in 1856. He served as a delegate to the Whig National Conventions in 1852 and 1856, and to the Republican National Conventions of 1860 and 1864. Served as a Republican U.S. Congressman, 1857-63.  He served as the Chairman on the Committee on Revolutionary Pensions, and served as a member of the Committee on Public Lands. President Lincoln appointed him Consul General of the United States to the British Provinces in Canada and he served in that capacity from 1863 to 1866, residing in what was then the capital city of Montreal.


<u>Signature With Title</u>: 3 3/4 x 2, signed in ink by Potter while he was serving as U.S. Consul General.  


Sixth plate tintype of a handsome young gentleman with chin whiskers. He is wearing a high quality jacket with silk trim, and a white shirt and tie. Comes with brass mat, keeper, glass and a full leather covered case with red velvet liner. The case is separated at the spine, and there is a small chip to the bottom edge of one side of the leather case. Nice quality antebellum or Civil War era image.    Had we not seen one of these years ago in a Civil War medical collection we would likely have not recognized it for what it is.  Set aside in our own accumulation for a good period of time, it is time now, as we clean out the corners, to move some of the old relics on.  Made of heavy gauge iron wire twisted and shaped into the form we see here, the wire was then tempered for strength and to facilitate a spring action.  The resulting utensil simply required a squeeze to dispatch meat or whole vegetable making serving and eating less of a chore for amputee or invalid with use of only one hand.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!

CDV Identified Union Soldier Photographe $55.00

 

Autograph, John F. Potter $20.00

 

Tintype, Handsome Young Gentleman $50.00

 

Civil War era vintage INVALID FORK $95.00

Hand crafted from hickory wood with a <I>rose head</I> pivot pin, the branches of this wonderful 18th century compass / divider measure approximately 13 ¾ inches in length.   With the exception of the black iron pivot pin and branch points, this attractive tool is crafted entirely of wood.  With good evidence of age and originality this compass remains in exceptional condition with eye appealing age patina and good evidence of careful period use and handling.  A desirable companion tool laid in with other tools of the 1700s craftsman, as a wall display or set with period nautical items.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!  Patriotic and politically satirical  postal covers were a popularly circulated art form in the times of the American Civil War with virtually every subject and opinion of the day expressed.  Political and social satire envelopes were second only to patriotic subjects with both pro Union and pro Confederate bent.    While the vast majority were put to use in the mails and have not survived, the wide variety of subject matter made the little covers a natural collectible even in the period.  An ever dwindling supply of nice condition, unused examples have thus survived offering today’s collector / historian an opportunity to put together a respectable collection of quality original examples.  Though steadily growing in value these covers still offer an opportunity on to accumulate a category of original Civil War artifacts and watch them grow in interest and value all at a relatively modest initial cost.  We try to keep a small and varying supply of these on our site for those folks who might enjoy them.  You can bring them all up for viewing by entering <I>satirical envelope</I> in our search feature.   Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!   


 


Civil War patriotic imprint with illustration of General George B. McClellan. Published by Magee, 316 Chestnut St., Phila. Light staining. 5 1/2 x 3.


***See our Patriotic Imprints section to read more information about this item.   


Sixth plate tintype in full thermoplastic case. Half view of a New York Infantryman wearing a kepi with reversed regimental numerals visible. I'm not 100% sure what the second numeral is, but the first one is definitely a "4." The second numeral is either a "0," an "8" or a "9," so this Yankee soldier served with the 40th New York Volunteers, the 48th New York Volunteers, or the 49th New York Volunteers, all good regiments. The reason I know that he is a New York soldier is because he is wearing a (reversed) "S.N.Y." belt plate. He is also wearing a 9 button frock coat with shoulder tabs, holds his musket with fixed bayonet at his side, and has a bowie knife, possibly a Sheffield, and a pistol tucked inside of his belt. The tintype shows light scratching and scuffing and some surface blemishes. The image has some obvious condition flaws, however, the content is extremely desirable being a triple armed Yankee soldier, with regimental numerals on his kepi and an S.N.Y. belt plate. It comes complete with brass mat, keeper and glass, and is displayed in a full thermoplastic case with velvet liner and scroll design. This is illustration #321 in the excellent reference book, "Union Cases, A Collector's Guide To The Art Of America's First Plastics," by Clifford and Michelle Krainik, with Carl Walvoord. Very reasonably priced.

outstanding hand crafted large 18th cen $125.00

 

Civil War era - Black SATIRICAL ENVELOP $35.00

 

General George B. McClellan $5.00

 

Tintype, Triple Armed New York Infantrym $550.00

Measuring approximately 17 inches square with bright color and good evidence of age and period use yet remaining solid with no tears or repairs, this vintage set of Signal Corps flags will display nicely as companion to any period military grouping.  While we believe they date no earlier than 1870s / 1880s their bright yet obvious age with good evidence of period use will complement any group display from Civil War through the American Indian Wars and Spanish American / Philippine Insurrection.  A tough item to find on today’s collector market.  <B>Don't forget to give our search feature a try</B> for special wants. A simple <B>key word</B> in lower case works best. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


 All in pleasing attic found condition with no cracks, repairs or major condition issue yet with the charm of age and period use in the form of a chip or so at the mouth and age crazing, primarily to the inside glaze, our photo illustrations will do best to speak to the condition of this attractive remnant of the abolition movement in pre Civil War America.   Standing approximately 9 3/8 inches to the top of its figured handle, this scarce antique American yellow ware pitcher depicts the major events and characters of Harriet Beecher Stow’s 1852 powerful anti-slavery work <I>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</I>.   Depicted around the body of the pitcher are Uncle Tom on the auction block with a weeping woman and child at his feet.  An auctioneer plies his wares to potential buyers.   On the opposite side is the figure of <I>Liza</I> escaping across the frozen Ohio River with <I>little Harry</I> in her arms.  Cruel overseer <I>Simon Legree</I> is close behind with whip in hand.  Un-marked as to maker, the now quite rare period domestic copy of a more finely rendered and, in its day, much more expensive English pitcher of the same design, this domestic example satisfied demands for a less expensive and more practical counterpart.  Likely these less refined American yellow ware examples saw much heavier use than their more purely decorative cousins resulting in their extreme scarcity today.  An outstanding piece of antique Americana, this rare old just pre Civil War American yellow ware pitcher emanated from the remains of a small country historical society collection as evidenced by a small hand applied inventory number on its base.   A fortunate circumstance as otherwise the piece would likely not survived in its wonderfully pure and untouched condition.  <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques!


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   Sometimes seen as one or two individual letters, this classic set of wooden printer type in bold vintage font contains <U>all the letters of the alphabet</U> plus <B>&</B> and <B>!</B>.  Carved from 15/16 inch thick rock maple blocks, each letter is 1 5/8 inch high in a bold Civil War vintage font as was popularly utilized in printing those wonderful old broadsides of the period.  This scarce set will go in well in any period grouping and will display especially well with a period recruiting or advertising broadside. As with <U>all direct sales</U>, we are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with refund of the purchase price upon return as purchased!</B>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !


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 Sawed to size (18 x 8 x 9/16 inch thick) from seasoned Maine white pine, then stenciled on one side, these panels were then stacked and sent along to the <I>box- shop</I> with corresponding plain pine panels each cut to proper size.  Here workers would assemble the rough cut panels to fabricate wooden crates and boxes for containment of all manner of goods.  Side panels for standard size containers frequently utilized pre stenciled decoration with a place left for later addition of the end user’s name or content identification.  The bold figure of a steam powered <I>side-wheeler</I> with its American flag fluttering from the stern was a popular figure in the patriotic 19th century. Recovered from the pine wood scraps of a turn of the century country<I>box shop</I> cleanout, this period panel remain in fine untouched condition with a wonderful honey age patina and clearly period stenciling.  Wonderful Americana decorators seldom encountered in such nice condition ! <B>Buy with confidence! </B><I>  We are pleased to offer a <B><U>no questions asked</U> three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales!</B> <I>Just send us a courtesy  e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly.</I>  Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques !

antique SIGNAL CORPS FLAGS $225.00

 

period ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’ - American YE $225.00

 

complete alphabet ! earlier 1800s throu $165.00

 

c. 1800s SIDE-WHEELER decorated pine box $45.00




Sixth plate tintype of Union soldier sporting a goatee beard and wearing a  uniform coat with shoulder tabs, and U.S. oval belt plate (reversed in image), pistol and bowie knife can be seen sticking out of his belt. Comes in a half case, with brass mat, keeper and glass. Typical wear.  


8 x 12, imprinted form, filled out in ink.


Invoice of Clothing, Camp and Garrison Equipage transferred by C.H. Gaubert, Capt. and Asst. Quartermaster, U.S. Army, at Lebanon, Ky., to H.S. Palmer, 16th Ky. Inft., March 29th, 1864. For ten camp kettles that are in new condition. Signed, C.H. Gaubert, Capt. & A.Q.M. Very fine. Uncommon regiment.


Charles H. Gaubert, enlisted on March 24, 1864, as a captain, and was commissioned into the U.S. Volunteers Quartermaster's Department. He was mustered out of the service on July 8, 1865.   


Unused patriotic envelope with large bust illustration of Colonel John W. Geary. Imprint at upper right, Col. Geary's Twenty-Eighth Regiment P.[ennsylvania] V.[olunteers. Col. Geary in script below his likeness. Published by Magee, Phila. Light age toning. Very fine. Desirable Pennsylvania regimental cover. 


<u>John W. Geary</u>: (1819-1873) From the age of 16 he had been a militia lieutenant and with the outbreak of war with Mexico, he was elected Lieutenant Colonel of the 2nd Pennsylvania Infantry, and took part in General Winfield Scott's advance from Vera Cruz to Mexico City. In the interval between the close of the Mexican War and start of the Civil War, Geary organized the post office system in California, served as the 1st mayor of San Francisco, and for several months was the territorial Governor of Kansas. On June 28, 1861, he was appointed Colonel of the 28th Pennsylvania Infantry and joined the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks at Harpers Ferry. He distinguished himself in several engagements and was wounded at Bolivar Heights, captured Leesburg in March 1862, was twice wounded at Cedar Mountain, and returned to action in time to command a division of the 12th Corps at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Later transferred to the western army, he fought at Chattanooga, the Atlanta campaign and took part in General Sherman's celebrated March to the Sea. After the capture of Savannah, Ga., Geary was appointed it's military governor. His post war career saw him elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 1866, serving two terms.  H 29in. x W 20in. x D 9in.


ORIGINAL RED PAINT

Tintype, Double Armed Yankee Wearing U. S $395.00

 

16th Kentucky Infantry Invoice $20.00

 

Patriotic Cover, Colonel Geary's 28th Pe $25.00

 

TRACTOR GRILLE $350.00

14in. x 14in. x 1in.


PADDED LEATHER IS MINT  H 9in. x W 70in. x D 1 1/2in.  H 12in. x W 8in. x D 10in.  H 84in. x D 24in.

OLD STEERING WHEEL $175.00

 

TRUCK GRILLE $150.00

 

MECHANICS UNDER CAR LIGHT ON STAND $750.00

 

GAS STATION PUMP LIGHT ON STAND $1800.00

H 18in. x W 12in.  H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.  H 15in. x D 11in.  H 4in. x D 3 1/2in.

OLD B / A GAS CAN $120.00

 

OLD SEARS OIL CAN $150.00

 

EN AR CO OIL DRUM $150.00

 

H 4in. x D 3 1 / 2in. $50.00



FILLER SPOUT IS $45.00   tin is sold  H 12in. x W 6 1/2in. x 4in.  H 11in. x D 6 1/2in.  H 14in. x W 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in.

SPOUT 0IL TIN $45.00

 

OLD TIDEX OIL CAN $120.00

 

OLD GAS CAN $60.00

 

OLD ESTONS MOTOR OIL CAN $150.00

H 10in. x W 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in.  H 7in. x W 5 1/2in.  H 14in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.  H 8in. x W 8in. x 4in.

H 10in. x W 8 1 / 2in. x 5 1 / 2in. $80.00

 

COOL OLD TIN $80.00

 

OLD ALLSTATE MOTOR OIL CAN $0.00

 

OLD FRAM FILTER IN BOX $20.00

H 15in. x W 9 1/2in. x 9 1/2in.  H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.  H 10 1/2in. x W 8 1/2in. x 5 1/2in.  H 32in. x D 18in.


more available similar

OLD OIL CAN $80.00

 

OLD RAD COOLANT TIN $80.00

 

MOTOR OIL TIN $80.00

 

INDUSTRIAL PENDANT LIGHT $0.00

H 11in. x W 8 1/2in. x 6in.  H 10in. x W 9in. x 5 1/2in.  H 16in. x D 11in.  H 16in. x D 11in.

OLD GAS STATION TIN $70.00

 

OLD MOTOR OIL TIN $80.00

 

OLD MOTOR OIL TIN. . . . WOLF'S HEAD $90.00

 

MOTOR OIL CAN $120.00

H 17in. x D 11in.  H 5 1/2in. x D 4in.  H 22in. x D 20in.  H 12in. x W 14in. x D 13in.

OLD GAS CAN $60.00

 

FULL DSL 0IL CANS $30.00

 

GAS ISLAND LIGHT $1200.00

 

WIPER BLADE DISPENSOR $120.00

H 21in. x W 28in. x 42in.

COFFEE TABLE  


By Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell. Published by Moss Publications, Orange, Virginia, 1978. Large, 8 1/2 x 11 1/4, hard cover book, 319 pages, index, profusely illustrated. No dust jacket. This comes from my personal library and has my own embossed ex-libris on the bottom corner of the first blank page. Excellent condition. Great reference book.


The "Illustrated History of American Civil War Relics" is the culmination of two years of intensive research by the authors.


Tracing the history of relics and relic collectors from the tumultuous years of the war down through the ensuing century, the authors have, for the first time, portrayed the little known story behind the artifact.


Stephen W. Sylvia and Michael J. O'Donnell have paid honor by word and picture to the soldier, the historian, the collector, and the artifact hunter, and to these authors shall go the well deserved thanks of future generations of Americans for the preservation of the record to this date.  H 34in. x W 70in.


HANG IT FROM YOUR ROOF  H 38in. x W 36in. x D 26in.

SPINNING & RISING OLD FACTORY WORK TABLE $1250.00

 

The Illustrated History of American Civi $35.00

 

COOL BEAT UP BIKE $450.00

 

WORK TABLE CART INDUSTRIAL $1200.00




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